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  • A Tokyo startup's big plan for tiny algae 

    Euglena is smaller than the thickness of human hair. A Tokyo-based company named after this tiny organism is set to break ground on Japan's first algae biofuel refinery and hopes to help power planes by 2020.

  • Using robots to build a superior golf club 

    Inside Japanese golf brand Honma, creator of the gold plated golf club, where they merge the human touch with robotics to improve production.

  • Delivering beers by drone 

    Rakuten is often referred to as "Japan's Amazon," but it wants to be a global tech giant. The e-retailer launched 20 years ago. Today it is the highest-ranked Japanese company on Forbes' list of "Most Innovative Companies." CNN sees how Rakuten is leading the way to commercialize drone deliveries.

  • This startup is a growing platform for Muslim women 

    Fashion website Amaliah started as a curation platform for Muslim women in the UK, helping them find clothes that are both modest but fashionable. Since, it has grown into a community of more than 250,000 Muslim women sharing ideas and discussion beyond just style.

  • Urban Ladder's mission: to beautify homes in India 

    Online furniture company Urban Ladder has helped more than 300,000 people furnish their homes in India. Now co-founder and CEO Ashish Goel says it is working to evolve the brand and build its offline presence in India's home décor market.

  • The couple creating outdoor retreats with a global flare 

    Michelle & Greg Martin are co-owners of Kolo Collection, a high-end outdoor furniture and accessories store based in Atlanta.

  • Turning Thai traditions into modern inventions 

    Thailand's second city, Chiang Mai, is famed for its artisans. But there are also efforts to build historical handicrafts into the innovations of tomorrow.

  • Bringing Thai wellness to the world 

    The Anantara Layan resort on the Thai island of Phuket says 20% of its guests want wellness experiences. The hospitality group developed its program in Thailand and now offers it at 38 properties around the world.

  • Muay Thai looks to the future 

    Yokkao is a young Muay Thai brand that's utilizing social media to compete with its bigger rivals and raise awareness of the sport around the world.